Tuesday, October 18, 2011

A (very) quiet day...

My (big) boy is having a play date today, and despite my very best efforts to force my (little) boy to stay awake and play with me, he'd much rather sleep! So... I've been forced to try and entertain myself. ;)

After a tea and a lovely snack of toast with apple butter, I got to 'work' on playing along with some challenges.

Lucky me, today is new colours day at one of my favourite challenges, the ColourQ (btw, if you haven't played along with them, you really should. They have a great team who comes up with wicked colour combinations - and the DT cards are always so pretty). Today's colours were Early Espresso, Lucky Limeade, Rich Razzleberry, Pumpkin Pie and White.

I used the colours to make this cute little Hot Chocolate holder for my son's friends for halloween. I found the tutorial on YouTube and couldn't wait to try it. I ended up making two of them exactly the same. They are going to two sisters, so I didn't want one to turn out better than the other ;)



I also played, for the first time (!!), along with Friday Mashup. How cool is that concept?! Their challenge this week was to choose one of the following:
1. Create a card with snowflakes
2. Create and easel card
3. Or "Mash it up" and create an easel card with snowflakes

I love the quote here: "A snowflake is winter's butterfly". I have a thing for snowflakes. I find them absolutely fascinating, and in fact, I have one tattooed on my foot.

I chose to do the mashup #3. I just recently learned how to create a twisted easel card when I was a guest at an SU demonstrator meeting, and couldn't want to try one for myself from scratch. Also, for the first time, I tried my hand at paper-piecing. Although time-consuming, I love the results and had tons of fun.

Merry Christmas


I'll be attending a Christmas Card class on Friday, and after that, I think I'll be done with Christmas cards for this year! Yipee!

Materials used for "Boo":
(All SU unless otherwise stated)
Cardstock:Early Espresso, Lucky Limeade, Pumpkin Pie
Paper: "Pocketful of Posies" DSP, "Well Worn" DSP
Stamps: "Boo!" from Tiny Tags
Ink: Early Espresso
Embellishments: Lucky Limade ruffled ribbon, Pumpkins (??)
Tools: Decorative Label punch, Corner rounder (EK)

Materials used for "Merry Christmas":
(All SU unless otherwise stated)
Cardstock:Early Espresso, Pool Party, Whisper White
Paper: "Mom's Diner" and some random plaid (both Recollections)
Stamps: "Merry Christmas" and snowflakes (Recollections)
Ink: Pool Party, Chocolate Chip
Embellishments: Pool Party ruffled ribbon, White ribbon (??)
Tools: Large Oval punch, Decorative Label punch, Scallop edge punch (EK)
Thanks for stopping by :)



  1. Welcome to your first Friday Mashup challenge, I do hope you'll come and play with us again soon.

    I'm very glad you chose to do a twisted easel card, I went for that one as well. They really are a lot easier then they look aren't they?

    You'll need to change you nickname as you sure don't seem to scare easy, You've done a fabulous job with your first twisted easel card and adding in a new technique as well...Very Brave! Cute image on your card too.

    Kasey ~ in Oz
    Friday Mashup DT

  2. Your twisted easel card is fabulous, what great colours and such a cute image. It is wonderful that you are almost done with your Christmas cards too. Enjoy your quiet craft time :)

  3. Hey girl! Thanks for playing at colourQ this week! I **LOVE** this fun project! The hot cocoa idea is brilliant, and that woodgrain pocket is so, so CUTE! Adorable & so is that darling polar bear card! Who wouldn't love a skating polar bear in those lovely colors? awesome! :)

  4. What a great Gift pocket! Such a great idea, love the way you used the colors. Thanks for joining us at the ColourQ this week.

  5. I just love both of your projects!

    The polar bear image is adorable and I love the paper and colors you used. I also have to say I LOVE that you have a snowflake tattoo! I love the snow...moved to Alaska especially for the cold, snowy winters. Maybe I need a snowflake tat, LOL.

    Thanks so much for playing along with The Friday Mashup, I am glad you found us!

  6. Twisted easel - love it! Thanks for joining us at the Friday Mashup.

  7. Great image and terrific twisted easel! Love that pattern paper too! Thanks for joining us at the Friday Mashup!

  8. Welcome to the Friday Mashup! Your did great with this easel card.. I love that green with the brown. What a cute Polar bear Image. I love the paper piecing. Thanks for joining us at the Friday Mashup.